Nov. 19, 2012 – Monitis™, a leading cloud and web application monitoring software provider, today announced the results of a new survey which found that 56% of consumers who spend more than two hours per week shopping online have cancelled an order due to an error or slow response time. The survey also explored typical online shopping habits, factors that are considered when choosing an online vendor, and behavior when confronted with retail websites that are not functioning correctly.
The independent survey which polled 1,006 U.S. online shoppers was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of Monitis. The results highlight a number of common online shopping patterns and uncover the major pain points that consumers have when ordering online. As the holiday shopping season approaches – with Cyber Monday on the horizon on November 26 – this insight can be used to help e-retailers think beyond simply ensuring that their websites are up, moving towards assessing how effectively they are able to do business and putting more focus on strengthening the aspects of their online stores that will prevent customer and transaction losses resulting from sub-optimal performance and customer experience
Vendor Loyalty Scarce Online
Almost three-quarters (74%) of all online shoppers said that they would switch to a competing online vendor if they could find a better user experience and faster website than the one they currently use. Frequent online shoppers are even less tolerant of slow e-retail websites. 86% of consumers who spend two or more hours shopping each week say that they would abandon their chosen online vendor if they found a faster competitor.
Other key findings from the survey include:
“Simply avoiding downtime is often the primary goal for web developers and designers when maintaining websites, but as the holiday rush has shifted to online stores, success depends less on the minimum threshold of uptime and more on meeting the various other expectations of shoppers, to keep them coming back,” said Hovhannes Avoyan, General Manager at Monitis. “Consumers turn to online vendors for convenience, so it’s critical that e-retailers ensure a positive shopping experience by focusing on website usability and speed.”
A copy of the full survey results is available upon request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.